Weekly Top Airplay: November 19, 2013

WMSE’s program hosts constantly search through the latest releases, and feature the best in all genres on their weekly shows. At WMSE, there is no Program Director creating daily play lists, so what you hear is a reflection of the knowledge, interests, and personalities of our dedicated on-air staff.

The albums on the weekly Top Airplay list reflect the diverse interests of our staff, and the range of what is considered “alternative”. As a quick genre guide: Radio 200 = mostly pop and rock and some crossover genres like electronic, soul, hip hop and world, Adds = top brand new releases for the week,  RPM = electronic, New World = world, Jazz = well…jazz! Blues is reported and updated monthly, so check back every four weeks for the latest news on those blues. Take a look through the past weeks’ lists and notice just how much things change week to week here at WMSE. You’ll never hear us get very stagnant.

As a result of our long history and the knowledge of our volunteer DJ’s, WMSE is considered a “Core 50″ station by the College Music Journal (CMJ), the industry standard for what’s happening in non-commercial radio. This means WMSE is one of fifty stations in the country whose play lists matters most when CMJ creates their own weekly charts of what’s being played around the country.

Our Music Director, Erin, compiles the most-played albums every week, reports those albums to CMJ each Tuesday (as well as the top blues alums at the end of each month) and makes those lists available to you, our listeners. Take a look at what our DJ’s are excited about these days in six different categories, and get a sense of what you’ll be hearing when you tune in to WMSE… for now.

Listings printed as: Artist, Title, Label
* = local

Date Reported: 11/19/13


Radio 200

1. Fuzz, Fuzz, In the Red

2. Sat. Nite Duets, Electric Manland, Uninhabitable Mansions

3. Night Beats, Sonic Bloom, The Reverberation Appreciation Society

4. Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound, Fine Rude Thing, Groovesburg Joys

5. Polica, Shulamith, Mom + Pop

6. Dirtbombs, Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-blooey!, In The Red

7. Mum, Smilewound, Morr

8. Gov’t Mule, Shout!, Blue Note

9. Arcade Fire, Reflektor, Merge

10. Nobunny, Secret Songs: Reflections From The Ear Mirror, Goner

11. Son Lux, Lanterns, Joyful Noise

12. Cave, Threace, Drag City

13. King Khan and the Shrines, Idle No More, Merge

14. Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co.: 10-Year Anniversary Edition, Secretly Canadian

15. The Blind Shake, Key To A False Door, Castleface

16. Russian Circles, Memorial, Sargent House

17. John Wizards, John Wizards, Planet Mu

18. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Blue Record EP, Jagjaguwar

19. RJD2, More Is Than Isn’t, RJ’s Electrical Connections

20. Mark Waldoch’s Celebrated Working Man, Don’t Let Your Memories Kill You, Polite Music

21. Dr. Dog, B-Room, Anti-

22. MGMT, MGMT, Columbia

23. Stepkids, Troubador, Stones Throw

24. Caroline Smith, Half About Being A Woman, United Interest

25. Volcano Choir, Repave, Jagjaguwar

26. Grizzly Bear, Shields: Expanded, Warp

27. Elvis Costello and the Roots, Wise Up Ghost, Blue Note

28. Cosmonauts, Persona Non Grata, Burger

29. Hello Death, Hello Death, self-released

30. Juana Molina, Wed 21, Crammed Discs



1. Yo La Tengo, Fade Out, Matador

2. Throwing Muses, Purgatory/Paradise, Throwing Music

3. Destroyer, Five Spanish Songs, Merge

4. Kurt Vile and the Violators, It’s a Big World Out There (and I Am Scared), Matador

5. Shearwater, Fellow Travelers, Sub Pop



1. Polica, Shulamith, Mom + Pop

2. Nightmares On Wax, Feelin’ Good, Warp

3. John Wizards, John Wizards, Planet Mu

4. RJD2, More Is Than Isn’t, RJ’s Electrical Connections

5. Bombay Dub Orchestra, Tales From The Grand Bazaar, Six Degrees

6. Oneohtrix Point Never, R Plus Seven, Warp

7. Ghostpoet, Some Say I So I Say Light, Play It Again Sam

8. Botany, Lava Diviner (Truestory), Western Vinyl

9. Pretty Lights, Color Map From The Sun, 8 Minutes 20 Seconds

10. Machinedrum, Vapor City, Ninja Tune


New World

1. Bombay Dub Orchestra, Tales From the Grand Bazaar, Six Degrees

2. Juana Molina, Wed 21, Crammed Discs

3. Federico Aubele, 5, 13 Records

4. Wau Y Los Arrrghs, Todo Roto, Slovenly

5. Femi Kuti, No Place For My Dream, Knitting Factory

6. Wouter Kellerman, Mzansi, self-released

7. Rokia Traore, Beautiful Africa, Nonesuch

8. Gipsy Kings, Savor Flamenco, KFR

9. Anoushka Shankar, Traces Of You, Deutsche Grammophon

10. William Onyeabor, World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?, Luaka Bop



1. Calvin Keys, Electric Keys, Wide Hive Records

2. Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica Quartet, Where Here Meets There, self-released

3. Gerry Gibbs and the Thrasher Dream Trio, self-titled, self-released

4. Marquis Hill, The Poet, skiptone

5. Jim Alfredson’s Dirty Fingers, A Tribute To John Patton, Big-O

6. Chris Parker Trio, self-titled, GPR

7. Frank Potenza, For Joe, Capri

8. Martin Bejerano, Potential Energy, Figgland

9. David Weiss, Endangered Species, Motema

10. Ben Allison, The Stars Look Very Different Today, Sonic Camera


Blues (updated monthly)

1. Blind Boys of Alabama, I’ll Find a Way, Alligator

2. The Claudettes, Internal Piano Plot…Hatched!, Yellow Dog

3. Shawn Holt and the Teardrops, Daddy Told Me, Blind Pig

4. Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters, Double Crossing Blues, Midnight

5. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Made Up Mind, Masterwork

6. Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines, I Didn’t Want to Do It, MamaRu Records

7. Gov’t Mule, Shout!, Blue Note

8. Pete Anderson, Birds Above Guitarland, Little Dog

9. Anders Osborne, Peace, Alligator

10. Toronzo Cannon, John the Conquer Root, Delmark

11. Phil Gates, Live at the Hermosa Saloon, self-released

12. Barrence Whitefield and the Savages, Dig Thy Savage Soul, Bloodshot

13. James Booker, Classified: Remixed and Expanded, New Rounder

14. Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders, What You Gonna Do?, self-released

15. Johnny Rawls with Otis Clay, Remembering O.V., Catfood Records

16. Roomful Of Blues, 45 Live, Alligator

17. Seasick Steve, Hubcap Music, Third Man

18. Lurrie Bell, Blues In My Soul, Delmark

19. Ursula George, One Steady Roll, Tommy Tiger

20. Sean Chambers, The Rock House Sessions, Bluebeat